Home' Nonahood News : NONA 090116 Contents Summer is slowly coming
to an end with only 22 more
days until the start of fall; the
cooler, drier weather is just
weeks away. The sun is no
longer directly overhead, and
with the days shorter, it’s be-
coming easier to spend more
time out in the garden.
If you started your seed
trays in July, your seedlings
would have been ready by the
middle of August for plant-
ing. All warm-weather veg-
etables should be planted no
later than the beginning of
September to ensure enough
time for them to produce be-
fore the first frost dates that
can begin in December.
I find many residents who
recently moved here from
other states are still confused
about what time of the year to
plant which kinds of vegetables. Not
all seed retailers include Florida’s ex-
tended planting dates on seed pack-
ages. Plants you can grow in March
can probably be planted to grow in
September, too. Remember, we can
grow plants 12 months out of the year!
Some seed sellers are starting to in-
clude both dates. If you’re still not sure
when and what to plant, you can con-
tact the Orange County Extension of-
fice for a complete listing of warm and
cool season crops and planting times
at 407-254 -9200.
is also the time
to start seed
trays for your
crops, some of
kale and spin-
that can be di-
into the soil
in the middle
of October are
carrots, celery, radish and potatoes.
Cooler weather is also a great time to
add herbs such as rosemary, cilantro,
parsley and mint to your garden. This
doesn’t mean you can’t plant your oth-
er favorites, just make sure to protect
them if it gets too cold.
The weather for July and Au-
gust has been particularly hard
on turf grasses. With the excessive
heat and continuing rains, pests
and fungus have spread through the
lawns. This year, I have seen a lot of
sod webworm and chinch bug dam-
age. They’re still out there, so be
vigilant, keep checking for signs of
their damage, and apply pesticides as
needed. A good tip is to make a note of
when you first started to see this dam-
age occur so you can take preemptive
measures the following year. You will
soon find that most damage seems to
start in the same areas of your lawn
year after year.
The beginning of fall also will be the
last time to fertilize your lawn. So, by
the end of September to mid-October,
you can apply a weed-and-feed, but I
prefer to just feed the lawn and spot-
treat weed infestations with herbicide
in a pump-up sprayer. If you need to
make turf repairs, use sod and plugs
because it’s too cool for seeds.
In the Landscape
Continue feeding fruit and citrus
trees at this time. I prefer to feed all
fruit and citrus lightly this month and
next with a fruit tree fertilizer. If this is
your first tree and the first time you will
pick fruit, you are in for a real treat!
If you are growing bougainvillea,
this is the last month to prune them
except for the removal of any awkward
growth. No extra water or fertilizer is
needed until the early part of next
summer to ensure productive flower-
ing next year.
If you didn’t prune your poinsettia
back in August, it may be a little late
now. Poinsettia flower buds will start
forming by the middle of October. Just
be sure to feed them and keep them
moist if you want to have a lot of color
for the holidays. Give them a general
purpose fertilizer and make sure the
plants get no artificial light at night for
the best bloom during the holidays. No
artificial light at night holds true for
the Christmas cactus as well.
Call (407) 254-9200 to make
sure there has been no schedul-
ing change or check the website:
Extension Orange County, 6021 S.
Conway Rd., Orlando, 32812.
End of Summer, but Not the End of the Planting Season
In the Nonahood
Here’s a list of some classes
that may be of interest:
9/8 Introduction to Florida
9/10 Pest Management in
the Home Vegetable
9/10 Growing Herbs in
the Home Vegetable
Two seed packages, only one of which included spring and fall
planting seasons for our area.
Chinch bug damage on St. Augustine lawn.
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